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Jun
30

Domaine de L’Ecu Invictus 2015

Domaine de L’Ecu makes the best Muscadet in France. It has done so since 1972 under the leadership of Guy Bossard. These are iconographic wines that raised the bar for

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Jun
18

Philippe Valette ‘Et Pourtant…’ Vin de France

Philippe Valette makes my favourite wines of the Macon. His farming practices are the best in the region: firstly, farming is organic and free of all chemical sprays. Philippe also

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Apr
15

Sextant Bourgogne Rouge 2015

There are not many naturalist wines in Burgundy. Currently, only Pacalet has broad notoriety, though his wines are extremely expensive. The region’s harsh climate is one reason, as is the

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Apr
7

Domaine du Collier “La Charpentrie” Saumur Blanc 2012

Clos Rougeard was justifiably considered one of the greatest estates in France when run by the Foucault brothers (the Domaine has since been sold). Though a decade ago their wines

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Apr
6

San Francisco Drinking: 20 Spot Wine Bar and Restaurant

20 Spot has won me over. The unassuming Mission canteen is now my favourite wine bar in San Francisco, beating out some stiff competition, but also capitalizing on the diminishing

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Apr
6

Idlewild “The Bird Flora & Fauna Red” 2015

The exploration of California’s alternative and forgotten finds is in full maturity. Wine lists in San Francisco’s Mission district are replete with such offerings, the best of which are delicious,

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Feb
15

Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino County Pinot Noir 2012

Rhys is one of the best wineries in the United States. Ergo Rhys makes some of the best wines in the world. Alesia is the Rhys second label, made with

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Dec
8

Domaine Denis Mortet “Longeroies” Marsannay 2010

Mortet is a young domaine that in my view is destined to become one of Burgundy’s greats. Struck by tragic circumstances in 2006 when Denis committed suicide, Denis’ young, then

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Aug
24

Ryme Vermentino Las Brias Vineyard “His” 2013

There has been a movement to valorizing the young vintners that comprise the latest generation of the “new California”. Sometimes the praise can go too far and in my view

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Aug
21

Cascina Val del Preta “Carolina” Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2009

I am not usually a fan of Barbera – even the ‘upper echelon’ stuff. I find it often marred by overuse of new oak and lacking the finesse, complexity and